As I said, it is a work in progress and so there are a lot of blank spaces to be filled in as the Game progresses.
The Bigger Threat: - The Hiveworlds. The Commonality has met the Bugs before; they are xenophobic, fiercely aggressive and hard to kill. The Commonality needs to secure the Protectorates to build an effective defence.
Bright Star – a very large O class blue-white supergiant, visible throughout the subsector. The radiation from the star affects the surrounding area, severely disrupting and distorting 2-space in the matrix (65, 35) to (55, 45)
Argonne (25, 55, -10)
On Argonne, a branch of the Temple of the Universal Mind; locally called the Church of the True Faith, was established to act as a base and training camp. A Mindjammer route was established back into Commonality space via Neu Regari.
The Argonald Temple, beneath the cover of the Church, acts as a centre of operations for the Communications Instrumentality and SCI Force.
Fatri Hiveworld (15, 15, -30)
Barren and bleak, dotted with the mound-like Hives. The Bugs are utterly voracious and destroy anything in a matter of minutes.
Kerrion (25, 45, 10)
The homeworld of the Seranians and now the site of bitter rivalry and fighting.
A centre for learning and development.
The Inner Sanctum of Ser, located within the University grounds
The main University repository survives due to its android servitor guards.
The University AI is becoming more and more paranoid. It is having to defend itself but this was never part of its original programming. It is beginning to see everyone and everything as a threat to its own survival.
Khefir (35, 75, 0)
The Khefin are a race native to Khefir II. Bolgan Pharmaceuticals are experiencing problems with the Khefin and they don’t understand why.
Matar (25, 25, -20)
A human colony world; has recently come under attack from the Hive. This is a trap; the Matar are allied with the Bugs and are acting as spies in Commonality space.
Some are acting willingly; others are under Bug implant control.
Domed cities linked by transit tunnels. The Matar have a fear of the “Outside”, even though the atmosphere is breathable
Neu Regari (5, 85, -10)
Barren world with a thin atmosphere. Inhabitants live in domed cities.
Heavy industry, controlled by the Nexus Consortium
Pavonis (25, 95, -10)
Hot, humid forests.
Race: VARGR: Canine xenomorphs. Have a pack mentality based around the Alpha. Adapted to climbing.
Entire ecologies have evolved in the upper layers of the forest canopies; ground level is full of predators.
Haunting sounds fill the air as the wind blows through hollows in the trees
Seranis (5, 35, -20)
The Faithful cling to the doctrines of the Book of Commands as laid down by Blessed Ser. The Book lays out the whole routine of daily life of one of the Faithful; only by following these to the letter will survival be ensured, as it was during the Journey in The Great Darkness. No deviation is permitted unless sanctioned by the head of the Church, The Most Faithful; only three such deviations have been made in recorded history.
The Faithful will have nothing to do with the false prophets of the False Faith and will denounce them openly. This can be dangerous on many worlds, especially the more primitive cultures where sorcery is feared.
In regards to open trade with the Commonality; such trade is permitted if the Book of Commands allows it.
Seranon (25, 35, -10)
The Devoted recognise that only through change and compromise did Blessed Ser lead his people through the Great Darkness. They too hold the Book of Commands as being the words of Blessed Ser, but interpret them more as guidelines for behaviour rather that strictures. Any interpretation of the Book is made by the Triumvirate of Elders; the First, the Second and the Third of the Devoted.
The Devoted recognise that the Commonality brings many benefits; including access to technology beyond local means to produce. This of course, includes weapons; the Book tells of Blessed Ser destroying the enemies that would impede his people’s journey out of The Great Darkness. The failure of early attempts to buy weapons from the Commonality taught the Devoted the art of being subtle and acting discreetly via third parties.
The Devoted view the True Faith as rivals; who will be put in their place at the right time.
Xenan Hiveworld (25, 5, -40)
Site of a major campaign during the Fourth Zone War of 189 NCE, the 41st and 54th Regiments AFI were sent in to secure the planet from the Bugs. The campaign was a complete failure and when the Fourth War ended the Regiments were listed as MIA.
Xenan is covered with ruined cities, indicating that there was a civilisation here at some time. It is not known if the civilisation was wiped out by the Bugs or something else.
I haven’t tried to post the map as it won’t come out very well. The co-ordinates are there if you want to draw it.
So, a few more ideas have come out of the generation of the subsector.
1. The Commonality is trying to stop a sectarian conflict. The potential problem is; having eschewed religion for so long; they may not understand the depth and passion that followers feel for their particular sect.
I have decided who Blessed Ser was and have a set of Game notes on him. I’m not going to reveal it here; but there are (and will be) clues
2. The Hiveworlds. This was a curveball that the Story Cubes threw at me. However, I always liked the Bugs out of “Starship Troopers” and the film Bugs are brilliant.
Chargen next – I’m going to create Achnernar